animal unit

noun

: a unit expressing the feed requirements of different kinds of domestic animals on a common scale usually based on the average or theoretical requirements of a mature cow
100 hens equal one animal unit

Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of animal unit was in 1904

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“Animal unit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/animal%20unit. Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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